Perhaps the most jarring aspect of the Sixers recent winning ways — which was extended to an 8-2 stretch of play after last night’s 93-92 victory over the visiting Portland Trailblazers — is the confidence the team has inspired from fans late in close games.
Defined over the last few years by their complete inability to execute down the stretch, the Sixers have flipped that script entirely over the last few weeks. As Kevin Pelton of ESPN pointed out last night, the Sixers went 4-22 in games decided by five or fewer points from October 2015 to December 29th, 2016. They’ve won five of their past six such contests since.
“Our guys, to their credit, they’re feeling good about themselves. They’re winning here at home, and we found a way to, again, win ugly,” head coach Brett Brown said after the game. “I think you have to give our guys, without Joel (Embiid), a lot of credit, a lot of credit, to be able to find a way to win at home under the circumstances we were in.”
According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, 76ers rookie Ben Simmons could make his NBA debut after the All-Star break.
The 76ers will have off from February 16th through February 23rd for the league’s All-Star break, returning to play on Friday, February 24th against the Washington Wizards.
According to Haynes, Simmons’ debut could come some time “shortly after the All-Star break” and “near March”, although no specifics were provided outside of that.
While Haynes said Simmons missing the entire season because of his injury was still a possibility, he did also report that the foot had completely healed.
The Sixers will look to continue their winning ways tonight when they take on the visiting Charlotte Hornets at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers are riding high, winners in four of their last five games, the most recent being a thrilling 98-97 victory over the New York Knicks, a game which saw the team finish on a 15-4 run, culminating in a basket by T.J. McConnell as time expired for the win.
The schedule gets significantly more difficult starting tonight, with the Charlotte Hornets (20-19) in town. The Hornets have been struggling of late, dropping five of their last six games, albeit against strong competition (Cavs, Thunder, Spurs, Rockets), and slowed down by injuries to Cody Zeller and Nicolas Batum, both of whom should be back tonight.
The Philadelphia 76ers continued their winning ways, defeating the New York Knicks 98-97 Wednesday night on a buzzer beater by T.J. McConnell.
The Sixers were in position to win the game after coming all the way back from a 10 point deficit with 2:29 remaining. The comeback was led by rookie center Joel Embiid, who scored 8 of his team-high 21 points in the final 2+ minutes of play, not to mention numerous defensive stops on the other end of the court fueled by Embiid’s commanding presence.
Still, after Gerald Hendreson (12 points, 5-10 shooting) made a pair of free throws with 27.8 seconds remaining, the Knicks had the ball with the chance to extend their 1-point lead, but second year Latvian phenom Kristaps Porzingis missed a wide open three-point shot in the corner.
That set up a frantic final 5.8 seconds of play, with Gerald Henderson grabbing a floor board, eventually leading to T.J. McConnell’s baseline jumper as time expired to win the game.
The Philadelphia 76ers will sign former Stanford guard Chasson Randle to a 10-day contract, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The news was first reported by Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical.
The Sixers had an available roster spot because of the decision to waive Hollis Thompson last week.
Randle was a four-year starter at Stanford, where the Cardinals compiled a 92-52 record during his college career. Randle averaged 19.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game as a senior, shooting 36.3 percent from three-point range on nearly 7 attempts per game. He shot 38.6 percent on 787 three-point attempts over the course of his four-year college career.
The Philadelphia 76ers overcame a sluggish start to defeat the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 105-95 Sunday afternoon at the Barclays Center.
The Nets, who ranked 30th in the league in offensive efficiency heading into the game, took a 57-46 lead into halftime thanks to a 30-point second quarter, a game which had all the makings of a sluggish afternoon effort from Brett Brown‘s Sixers squad. The Nets were led by 18 first-half points from center Brook Lopez as they built their lead.
The Sixers came roaring back in the second half, scoring the first 13 points of the third quarter, taking their first lead of the game, at 59-57, on a Joel Embiid baseline jumper. Embiid scored 6 of the Sixers’ 13 points during that momentum-changing run.
It took 924 days, but Philadelphia 76ers fans finally saw the violence at the rim that they were promised when former general manager Sam Hinkie selected Joel Embiid 3rd overall in the 2014 draft, joining Nerlens Noel (6th overall in 2013) as the core of his young frontcourt.
But injuries got in the way. The expected recovery time for Embiid’s fractured navicular bone wiped away the 2014-15 season, then the 2015-16 season was lost to the unexpected second surgery Embiid required on the same injury. The pairing was further delayed by Noel’s surgery during training camp to address an inflamed plica, then delayed once more due to Brett Brown‘s desire to experiment with lineups that included Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor together.
The Philadelphia 76ers have decided to part ways with shooting guard Hollis Thompson, according to a league source.
Thompson is in the final year of a four-year contract signed in the summer of 2013. The 2016-17 season would have become fully guaranteed if he did not clear waivers by January 10th.
Thompson, a career 38.9 percent three-point shooter, is averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game with the 76ers this season, the lowest amount of playing time he’s received over his four-year career. His playing time has been cut as a result of the offseason signing of veteran Gerald Henderson, as well as the recent emergence of rookie Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
Led by 25 points from rookie big man Joel Embiid the Sixers held on for a 93-91 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves for their 9th win of the season.
The Sixers didn’t pick up their 9th win until March 11th last season.
In many ways, the game was a microcosm of the the Sixers’ season, with the flashes of dominance from Joel Embiid that showcased his seemingly inevitable rise to NBA superstardom, mixed in with a combination of youth, roster imbalance, and deficient perimeter talent that let the Wolves back into a game they had no right clawing their way back into.